ISLAMABAD - Pakistan will produce 40,000 MW of electricity through nuclear power plants by 2050, helping the energy-starved country overcome frequent outages.

The announcement was made by Chairman of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) Muhammad Naeem while addressing the 59th IAEA General Conference at Vienna in Austria.

Installing nuclear power generation capacity of 40,000 MW was part of Nuclear Energy Vision-2050, Radio Pakistan quoted Naeem as saying.

The PAEC will help overcome the energy crises in the country as it is making important contributions to the socio-economic sector by bringing home the fruits of peaceful applications of nuclear technology for the masses, he said.

He said the commission was currently providing vital service to the nation through its 18 oncology medical hospitals where about 80 per cent cancer patients are being treated each year.

He said the PAEC plans to further expand its services to the public by setting up more nuclear medical centres.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday ordered the start of construction work on power plants which will use Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and coals as fuel after chairing a high level meeting to review the progress on LNG Power Plants and Sahiwal Coal Power Plant.

In July, Pakistan experienced an acute energy crisis as its financial capital Karachi plunged into darkness twice due to failures at multiple sites run by the country's private electricity provider. The blackouts along with heatwave had claimed the lives of over 1,000 people.